Pulitzer Prize winner Bert Hölldobler to speak Oct. 28 on ant societies

Bert Holldobler (Dave Tevis / Arizona State University)

Bert Hölldobler, Pulitzer Prize winner and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present “Communication, Cooperation and Conflict in Ant Societies,” at the Biological Sciences weekly seminar series on Monday, Oct. 28 at 4:10 p.m. in BS/MRB III Lecture Hall 1220. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hölldobler, one of the world’s leading ant experts, is the Foundation Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Before joining ASU he was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and he held the Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. In 2002, he was appointed Andrew D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University. He is a member of several national and international academies, among them the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Ants, which he co-authored with E.O.Wilson, in 1991. The book, Journey to the Ants, also co-authored with Wilson, was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Prize.

At ASU, Bert Hölldobler is a member of the new Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, and he plays a key role in organizing the new social insect research group at the School of Life Sciences.